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US public policy changes will change EAP services, treatment options

from Employee Assistance Professionals Association

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is re-shaping U.S. policy about substance use disorders to include greater emphasis on reducing demand, especially for misuse of prescription drugs. The new emphasis recognizes — as EAPs have long known — that substance use disorders are chronic conditions requiring support beyond primary treatment. The White House Office (ONDCP) envisions much more emphasis on clients moving through EAP to treatment to "new paradigm" community resources (such as recovery cooperatives) to peer support networks in businesses and industries. David Mineta, ONDCP Deputy Director, will highlight these significant shifts in policy and expectations, including the implications of the ACA, during his Keynote Presentation on Day 2 of EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando. Other conference sessions addressing changes in EAP caused by changing laws and public policy include two sessions on the implications of legalized recreational and medical marijuana, and sessions on new ASAM criteria, recovery cooperatives, and the prescription drug epidemic. more

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